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Stocks and Members of Congress

November 14, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
This weekend 60 Minutes’ aired an excellent piece on members legally trading stocks on insider information. Earlier this year we reviewed some research on this exact topic. The authors… Read More

Congressional Jargon

November 14, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
As a blog about Congress we’d be remiss if we didn’t link to Matt Glassman’s Congressional jargon post. It’s a fun look at the lingo on Capitol Hill. Read More

Galston and Polarization, Take 3…

November 10, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
I’d like to mention a couple of things on William Galston’s NYT article that is making its way through the polisci blogs this week. Jon Bernstein and John Sides do… Read More

Herman Cain’s Information Minister

November 7, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
The Cain campaign’s official response here.  May the memory of Baghdad Bob never die. Read More

Things Institutionalists Know that You Should: Timing is Everything

October 29, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
Moving forward with the third installment of our institutionalism series, I’m going to discuss the relevance of time in new institutionalist literature. So far, Nate and Jordan have discussed how… Read More

The Senate Rule Change Was “A Return To Order”

October 11, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
Harry Reid published an op-ed in today’s Washington Post defending last week’s change in Senate precedent.  He begins his essay by arguing–like I did in the immediate aftermath of the… Read More

Steve Smith on “What Happened in the Senate Last Night”

October 7, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
I posed a few questions about the specific procedures that governed last night’s supposed nuclear meltdown in the Senate.  Steve Smith, the Kate M. Gregg Distinguished Professor of Social Science at Washington University in… Read More

Using the Nuclear Option to Limit Post-Cloture Obstructionism, Not Deliberation

October 6, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
Talking Points Memo has the most cogent explanation of what happened tonight regarding the s0-called nuclear option (edit: see also Sarah Binder’s post at TMC).  I’m too tired… Read More

Politics and Football II: The Sequel

October 6, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
As you’ve probably heard, the country singer and prospective Senatorial candidate (TN) Hank Williams, Jr. made some pretty absurd comments comparing President Obama to Hitler on Monday. … Read More

Things Institutionalists Know that You Should: Why So Much Stability?

September 29, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
Regular readers of the blog will recall that we are drafting a semi-regular series that codifies some of the foundational tenets of new institutionalism.  This is our contribution… Read More